Though not officially labeled as a 2016 presidential announcement by his office, Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in Miami for an undisclosed event on April 13, 2015. The likely scenario is that Rubio will either announce a run for President or announce that he is forgoing a presidential run to focus on re-election to the U.S. Senate. Signs point to the former as being more likely.

Report from the Miami Herald:

Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida’s junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

A Rubio adviser stressed nothing has been nailed down for any kind of announcement, but the timing makes sense: Likely presidential candidate Rand Paul is expected to make things official April 7, followed by a five-day, five-state announcement tour, so Rubio presumably would not want to share the spotlight during that period.

All-but-announced candidate Jeb Bush appears to be in no rush to shift more formally into campaign mode, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his announcement this week, and Democrat Hillary Clinton is expected to make her campaign announcement in April as well, though nothing has been set.

Rubio has been fluctuating all over the polls but many analysts believe Chris Christie’s lack of traction has given the junior Senator from Florida an opening. However, he’s been fighting an uphill battle with conservatives since his staunch and ardent support for an immigration reform bill which includes a path to citizenship for people already ion the country illegally.

He’s been positioning himself as the “foreign policy candidate” in recent weeks, speaking out on the topic of Iran and Yemen.

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  1. Why would Christie’s nosedive help Rubio? I can’t imagine anyone who likes Christie to like Rubio. Do they have ANYTHING in common? I think it’s more likely that he feels that he needs to counter Cruz’ recent publicity.

    Has anyone held a big, expensive news conference to say they’re NOT running for president? The traditional thing is what Romney did–simply say that, “nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna go eat worms.”

    • Conventional wisdom (usually wrong) says that Christie’s support came from anti-Jeb support. Rubio (for some reason) is the new non-jeb non-walker establishment guy. Heretofore, Christie dives, Rubio thrives? I think that’s how it goes..

      Establishment types see Rubio as the immigration reform supporter so they like him a bit, even though he’s disavowed it now, they know what’s in his heart..

      • That’s weird. I mean, I understand that Florida is a tossup prize, and if they don’t like JEB, they might settle for the Rube.

        But Ohio is even more important, and Kasich has some actual claim to centrist support. Why not move to him?

        • This mini-discussion reminds me of the situation comedies in which two people are talking and a third person interrupts to say something bizarre, like “Rubio wants to run for president,” and the two people stop, pause, shrug, and then say, “Well, anyway, Christie, JEB, Romney, Kasich, etc.”

          • Yeah, I actually think out of any of them, Rubio is the only one who might be running with an eye on the VP slot. His window is very, very narrow at this point.

            • Har. Yeah. I think it was Garner who compared the office to a warm bucket of p*ss. Later, Vaughn Meader did an album called “The First Family,” in which he imitated JFK. In it, a southern accent says, “I’d like to say something, if I might” and JFK replies, “MUST you, Lyndon?”

              Cheney was the most powerful Veep in history, and Gore was seen as Bill’s partner. Seems that Obama just pulls out the white guy when he wants to smooth things over somewhere.

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